How do you clean mold off a car’s interior?

I bought an old car with engine issues as a weekend project, but I’ve found some mold growing on the interior. I want to get rid of the mold before I start fixing it up. How do you clean mold off a car’s interior?

Answer
Even if you have to clean it up a bit first, you must be excited to have a new weekend project! The good news is that cleaning the mold from the vehicle’s interior is easy!
You can use a commercial mold remover to clean the interior, but you should first test it on a hidden area to ensure it won’t damage the car’s interior. Alternatively, you can use distilled white vinegar and a scrub brush to clean the interior.
If you choose to use distilled white vinegar to remove the mold, follow these steps:
  • Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar
  • Put on a mask to avoid inhaling the harmful particles
  • Put the car in the sun and open all the doors to air out any spores
  • Remove trash and any personal belongings from the vehicle
  • Inspect the interior and locate the areas that need treatment
  • Break up large clusters of mold using a scrub brush and vacuum the interior
  • Use your spray bottle to saturate the affected areas thoroughly
  • Use your scrub brush to work the vinegar into the affected areas and use more vinegar as needed
  • Let the treated areas completely dry and leave the doors open
After completing the above steps, you are ready to start working on that engine!
Once you have the vehicle road-ready, don’t forget to purchase car insurance!
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
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